Monthly Archives: March 2016

New volunteering opportunity with Foróige


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Foróige National Youth Development Organisation is currently recruiting volunteers to take part in The Big Brother Big Sister Youth Mentoring Programme in Sligo and Leitrim. This programme, funded by The Dormant Accounts Fund is working specifically with young people with autism.

The programme matches a trained adult volunteer with a young person with autism who would benefit from having a mentor in their lives.

The volunteer will be facilitated to establish a supportive relationship with the young person, aimed at assisting them in their development. We need male and female volunteers. There is a commitment of a weekly meeting with the young person for about an hour or two over the course of one year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters nationally and internationally is proven through research to improve young people’s wellbeing, improve their social support and relationships with others.

If you would like to hear more about this volunteering opportunity contact Elaine on 086 0497089 or by email

“A little time, a big difference”


Workplace Wellbeing Day 2016 Launched

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Ireland’s second National Workplace Wellbeing Day will take place on Friday, 8th April 2016. Public and private sector organisations across the country are encouraged to participate in the day, which aims to improve employee health through promoting better physical activity and nutrition in the workplace. As part of this year’s activities, employers are being called upon to arrange a “Lunchtime Mile” – a one mile cycle, jog, run, walk or swim for employees in the vicinity of their workplace.

According to research¹ commissioned by the Nutrition and Health Foundation (NHF), organisers of Workplace Wellbeing Day only one in three workers takes the recommended level of exercise for a healthy lifestyle each week. Three in ten workers undertake no physical exercise during work time with just over a quarter (27%) describing themselves as fairly or very physically active.

The nationwide campaign is supported by Ibec. Danny McCoy, CEO, Ibec said “Improving wellbeing is in everyone’s interest, including employers. In 2014 over 4 million days were lost in Ireland due to absenteeism by small businesses alone². Given the considerable amount of time people spend in the workplace, it’s the ideal place to encourage healthier lifestyles amongst adults. We are encouraging employers of all sizes and across all sectors to get involved.”

On Friday, 8th April, employers are being asked to put a special focus on wellbeing through promoting existing and new initiatives available in their workplace as well as hosting special events for staff, such as the “Lunchtime Mile”. Aramark, Bank of Ireland, the Department of Public Expenditure, ESB, Intel, the NSAI and Waterford Institute of Technology were among the hundreds of employers across the public and private sectors that supported the inaugural event. They organised a range of special events for staff on the day including healthy breakfasts, health checks and talks, exercise and fitness classes, cookery demonstrations and lunchtime walks. Further details of how companies can get involved in this year’s event are available at



Community & Voluntary Grant Scheme 2016


Sligo County Council will provide funding support, by way of grants, for Community & Voluntary Groups as follows:-

  • Community & Voluntary Grant 2016 – The aim of this grant is to support and encourage events and activities which are undertaken by Community & Voluntary Groups.

Closing date for receipt of applications is:  4.00pm Tuesday, 5th April, 2016

  • Tidy Towns Grant 2016 – The aim of this grant is to support Tidy Towns Committees who have entered the National Tidy Towns Competition 2016

Special Projects 2016 –funding may be available for special projects for either existing committees or newly formed committees

Closing date for receipt of applications is:  4.00pm Tuesday, 5th April, 2016

  • Burial Ground Grants 2016 – The aim of this grant is to provide financial assistance to Burial Ground Committees/Groups who maintain and enhance their local burial grounds.

Closing date for receipt of applications is:  4.00pm Tuesday, 5th April, 2016


Forms are available to download at  or from Community & Economic Development, Sligo County Council, City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo.

Tel. no. 071 9114414

€1m IPB Community Engagement Fund 2016 – opens 4 April 2016, closes 25 April 2016.


As the mutual insurer to Ireland’s local authorities, IPB Insurance recognises the invaluable contribution made by community and voluntary groups and for the third year is making available a grassroots community fund. The €1m fund aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities and will support activities that contribute to local community priorities. Applicants can apply for €5,000, €10,000 or €20,000 only. The €1m IPB Community Engagement Fund is open on Monday, 4 April 2016 and the closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 5 pm (GMT) 25 April 2016.

All applications must be made online. Click here to find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for funding.


Kids’ Own seeks Office Administrator


Since its inception in 1997 Kids’ Own has emerged as a key organisation that supports the provision of exemplary arts practice with children and young people in Ireland. Kids’ Own is primarily focused on supporting the engagement that occurs between artists and children through a way of working that develops children’s individual creative expression through publishing and the arts. Our ethos is about supporting children and young people as active cultural creators in their own right. Kids’ Own is located in Sligo. We work locally and across Ireland and Northern Ireland in partnership with many schools, venues, arts organisations, local authorities and government departments. An integral part of our work is the commitment to supporting professional artists in developing their practice with children and young people and all other professionals working with children through the arts.

We are currently running a number of significant national projects and initiatives in collaboration with a range of partners and are seeking an Office Administrator to join us in our busy office in County Sligo. Within this role the successful candidate will provide essential support to the office team.

Deadline for applications is: 5pm on Tuesday 29th March 2016

Visit the Kids’ Own website for further details on how to apply: